Emergency Preparedness Resources
Here are some emergency and disaster resources for people in Massachusetts. Disasters can include fire, storm damage, flooding, hazardous spills and other kinds of emergencies.
Check these resources or contact your town’s fire, police, or emergency manager to ask about shelter locations.
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist individuals and families displaced by natural and man-made disasters, including home fires, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, hazardous materials spills and other kinds of emergencies.
Search for open shelters in your area.
Emergency Readiness and Supplies
FEMA offers examples of what to put in an emergency supply kit. This includes basics and other things like prescription medication, food for pets, first aid supplies, personal care items and clothing.
Add emergency contact numbers of friends and family to your cell phone by putting the word “ICE” in front of them. ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency” and responders will look for it. For instructions (and a free sticker) visit this website. If you don’t have a cell phone, write the numbers down and store them in a safe place.
Search for information on dealing with natural disasters such as storms and droughts, accidental and technological hazards, terrorist hazards and more.
This includes deaf or hard of hearing, blindness or low vision, mobility disability, behavior supports, service animals and more.
Includes general safety, power outages, water contamination and heat.
This booklet asks specific questions about any assistive equipment you may use. Answering them will increase knowledge about your equipment, and what to do in case of a power outage. Published by the Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Be Prepared
Here are links for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s tip sheets on important related topics:
- Safety Tips for Evacuation
- Safety Tips for Sheltering in Place
- Winter Storm Safety Tips
- Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs
- Power Outage Safety Tips
Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities
Has weather alerts, shelter finder, emergency checklist, emergency tips and disaster information
Includes protecting yourself and your family before, during, and after the storm.
Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
The resources were developed by CDC funded State Disability and Health Programs. Public health professionals, emergency personnel and communities can use them to create emergency preparedness and response plans that are inclusive of people with disabilities.
Search for additional resources at www.disabilityinfo.org
Special thanks to Patrick Gleason for composing this fact sheet.
Fact Sheet last updated on: 2/17/2023
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